One million rand raised for charity at the Nederburg Auction

A staggering one million rand was raised for this year’s Nederburg Auction charity beneficiary, sp(i)eel. Punters at the 43rd Nederburg Auction were treated to world-class cuisine after the main auction concluded. Before the main course was served guests generously opened their wallets during the Charity Auction, masterfully directed by Roland Peens of Wine Cellar.

sp(i)eel is an arts therapies collective, nonprofit organisation working throughout the greater Cape winelands and delivers some outstanding work for children and adults alike. Marlize Swanepoel, co-founder of sp(i)eel, was almost left speechless when all donated items went under the hammer of Roland Peens for R505,000. Shortly thereafter, Marlize was left completely speechless when Richard Rushton, MD of Distell, committed to equaling the amount raised by donating another R505,000, totaling R1.010m raised. Once Marlize managed to catch her breath again, she did manage to say: “We at sp(i)eel would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the Nederburg Charity Auction. We are overwhelmed by the response. Your generosity makes our work possible. And because we work with the health and wellbeing of children, their parents and teachers, it is possible for your contributions to have a lifelong impact on the farming communities in the Winelands.”

During his Keynote Address, Michael Fridjhon challenged the industry to increase their efforts towards alleviating the plight of the communities who work and live around the farms by giving them knowledge to become more active players in the wine value chain. After accepting Michael’s challenge, Distell MD, Richard Rushton said these funds will go a long way towards uplifting the communities in the greater Cape winelands. Dalene Steyn, Auction Manager noted that this is by far the most raised in any year and hopefully sets a new benchmark for future beneficiaries.

Charity Auction, auctioneer, Roland Peens, recently visited some of sp(i)eel’s projects and said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to contribute back to the industry in this way. Many of the children that are supported by sp(i)eel have broken homes and this incredible team has already made an impact to many of these children’s futures. Hopefully the funds raised will increase the impact of this wonderful initiative. I can’t thank the generous bidders enough for their incredible support of sp(i)eel!”

The Charity Auction is a proud tradition of the annual Nederburg Auction and has raised much-needed funds for various organisations in the greater Cape winelands over the years.

For more information on the great work sp(i)eel delivers, please visit their website at:

The following items were generously donated:

1. G & J Selection Amarone della Valpolicello Classico 2008

6 x 750ml, donated by Janake Wine Group and Luigi Righetti

Sold for R13,000

2. Vega Sicilia Tinto Valbuena 5, Ribera del Duero, 2006

1 x 1.5L, donated by Janake Wine Group and Luigi Righetti

Sold for R9,000

3. Vieux Château Certan, Grand Cru Pomerol 1967

1 x 750ml, donated by The Sommeliers Academy and Jean-Vincent Ridon

Sold for R15,000

4. Weekend Away at Vondeling House, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl

Sleeps 14, donated by Vondeling Wines

Sold for R20,000

5. La Motte Private Cellar Hanneli R Magnum, 2007

1 x 1.5L, donated by La Motte

Sold for R8,000

6. David and Nadia Elpidios 2012, 2013 & 2014

1 x 750ml 2012, 2 x 750ml 2013 & 3 x 750ml 2014 donated by David & Nadia

Sold for R20,000

7. 2012 ABSA Pinotage Top 10

10 x 750ml, donated by the Pinotage Association

Sold for R22,000

8. Château d’Yquem 1995, Penfolds Grange 2004, Opus One 1995

3 x 750ml, donated by Rainer Kloos on behalf of Cape Wine and More

Sold for R35,000

9. Auction Artwork: “The Wonderful Winelands of the Cape”

1 x Original Auction Artwork, Framed Ink on Fabriano Paper, donated by Michael Chandler (200 x 27cm)

Sold for R40,000

10. Château Figeac Premier Grand Crû Classé, St Emillion 1967

3 x 730ml, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Sold for R15,000

11. Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 1957

1 x 750ml, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Sold for R40,000

12. Periquita Vinho Tinto Jose Mariada Fonseca, Succ’s 1967

2 x 750ml, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Sold for R18,000

13. International Wine & Dine Experience, London – Including Return Flight

Flights, accommodation, fine-wine lunch or dinner and tour of Christies Auction House donated by David Elswood and Tourvest Travel

Sold for R60,000

14. The 40, 50 and 60 year old’s: Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1957, Chateau Libertas 1967, Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1977

6 x 750ml, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Sold for R25,000

15. Tobermory Isle of Mull, 42 YO, Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1975

1 x 700ml, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Sold for R20,000

16. Château Musar, Gaston Hochar 1959

1 x 750ml, donated by Wine Cellar

Sold for R20,000

17. Van Ryn’s – 40 year old, non-chill filtered, cask strength Brandy

1 x 750ml David Reade original hand blown decanter, donated by Van Ryn’s

Sold for R60,000

18. A tribute to Günter Brözel – Six 40-year-old Nederburg Wines: Baronne 1977, Cabernet Sauvignon 1977, Pinotage 1977, Shiraz 1977, Edelrood 1977, Edelkeur 1977

5 x 750ml and 1 x 375ml, donated by Nederburg

Sold for R25,000

19. Ticket Sales

Donated by the Nederburg Auction

Raised R40,000